New Traditions for the Thanksgiving Table

It’s that time of year again—your candy-hangover from Halloween's subsided, and you have decadent-Thanksgiving-dinner on the brain. Imagine a spread of bean casserole...and fabulous desserts. So, how bad can one night of overindulgence be for your waistline? It’s estimated many people consume over 3000 calories from their meal and an additional 1500 from appetizers and drinks. Shocked? Yeah, I was too.

Chef Brings Delicious New Food Concept to Deer Park

Jimmy Chen took a long, circuitous journey to opening his new restaurant, Poke Burrito, in Deer Park Town Center this summer. Born in China, raised in Iowa and once a teenage helper in the kitchen of an uncle’s restaurant, Chen put in lots of time and invested plenty of sweat equity before striking out on his own. His Deer Park…

Summer Sammy

Visit Kooker’s in Lake Zurich (620 E. Route 22, 847.381.3309) for this awesome-anytime summer sandwich: the Avocado BLT Flatbread.

Winter Is Coming

 Article Bonnie Conte | Photography Stephen Neilson  Avalon is open 7 days a week, at the upscale Deer Park Town Center.  We provide haircare, nailcare, skincare, massage therapy and make up artistry.  Inspiring our guests, we create looks that are customized to their natural beauty and lifestyle.  As the seasons change, we offer new options.  Fall 2018 is here and we…

A Passion for Pets

 Article Kristin Wojcik, DVM | Photography Stephen Neilson  “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” This quote truly captures the spirit of Skycrest Animal Clinic. We treat your dear pets like our own, and strive to go above and beyond what’s expected.    

Get the Real Deal: Farmer’s Markets Unwrapped

I’m a huge advocate of what I call “clean eating”: the less processed the food, the better. This is one of the many reasons I love farmers markets. These local venues are great places to purchase fresh, healthy food directly from the farmer or grower. The benefits of shopping at local farmers markets are many.

Nothing Bundt Cakes On My Mind


Don’t just “Veg out” – Get your Fruit on too

Eating a healthy diet is just as important as getting routine check-ups with your doctor. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables are powerhouses full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and health benefits. Eating a variety of colors is not only appealing to the eye; the rainbow reflects a range of nutritional compositions. You may be surprised at the benefits of even the…

Make Wine an Important Part of Your Holiday Table

The holidays are a great time to explore new wine varietals, and with so many to choose from, selecting one that hosts and their guests will enjoy can be a challenge. Thanksgiving presents one of the best opportunities of the year to pair wine with an abundance of food.

Passport Cuisines

While many dream of starting a business, few are able to make it a reality at the young age of fourteen. Yet, that is how it happened for Lake Zurich High School Freshman, Dean Lambertsen, the proud owner of Passport Cuisines. Passport Cuisines makes ethnic cuisine cooking kits with all the necessary dry ingredients to create an entree, two side…